Last night was the Switch On of the Christmas Lights in Swindon Old Town. I had a lot of fun photographing Simon Wegryzn who plays Fleshcreep in this years Panto Jack and the Beanstalk at The Wyvern Theatre. Not only was he a really nice guy he was so easy to direct and was really happy to do anything I asked of him. I am really looking forward to seeing him and the rest of the cast at the Panto over Christmas.
Last night I was the official photographer for inSwindon at the Christmas Lights switch on. I took some 600 images and I am still processing them and will put up another blog post shortly with my favourite images. But I wanted to put these up and just to say what a nice young man Jahmene is. This isnt the first time I have photographed him but it is the first time I have had a chat with him. At an exclusive pre switch on shoot in his dressing room he even offered to share his food and drink with me. And when back stage after the switch on he made sure that he was looking at me when I was shooting images of him.
To be honest I have never heard any negative comments about him anyway but I guess sometimes you hear that some times when people get famous they change and become diva’s. Well in my opinion that has not happened to Jahmene, he was a pleasure to work with.
It was a fun morning on saturday 2nd November at The Swindon Wyvern Theatre Family Fun Day. It was absolutely packed right from the word go people were queueing up outside to get in, till right at the very end when it was almost a case of asking people to leave so that the place could be cleared up. It also took place at Swindon Central Library, Swindon Dance and live music was being played at the bandstand.
My personal favourite was Mr Gruffalo and my two new friends Arri and Alexia two really adorable parrots who belong to Darren Potter the film cameraman.
Definitely worth going to the next time they put an event like this on, and of course it is completely free.
Well done to Richard Loftus and the team at The Wyvern.
Just a small selection of images of the audience from the two days of The Big Summer Session in Swindon.
Now I am not going to repeat what I said in the other post. But I am going to say I thought the audience were absolutely great. Despite all of the weather problems all of the people I spoke to were happy, enjoying themselves and having a jolly good time. It is so nice to watch people enjoying themselves.
A success if you ask me.
Just a small selection of images of the artists from both days of the Big Summer Session.
Now I know and appreciate that there were lots of complaint about different things and I really can not comment other than I know for definite that the organisers did work extremely hard to make it a success. There was so much hard work going on behind the scenes that people dont see and are to ready to complain. And of course there was the weather. It was awful but what can you do about it. It was an outdoor event and this is Britain.
After years and years of racing (running and duathlon and triathlon) that there is nothing you can do about the weather so you just have to go with it.
I did get really worried about my camera gear at one point. Mine and others cameras got very very wet and I for one got quite worried about them failing and long term damage !!!!!
So I for one apart from the weather on sat say it was a success and say thank you to the organisers for putting it on.
Had a fun couple of hours at the County Ground home of STFC last night taking photos at the STFC Wiltshire Air Ambulance Celebrity Charity Football Match. It was full of celebrities some of which I knew who they were, quite a few I didnt!!! They ranged from Arge – James Argent, Adam Woodyatt – Ian Beale, Tony Discipline – Tyler Moon, Lee Latchford-Evans – Steps, Iwan Thomas – Athlete and TV presenter,to famous footballers, The Only Way is Chelsea, Towie, and so on, far to many to know but got images of them all. Have to say Adam Woodyatt was great as was his son who was also playing and James Argent who just loved being in front of the camera.
Although the crowd was not huge they were very vocal, lots of young girls screaming, crying, asking for autographs, sometimes they didnt even know who they were asking!!!! but fun anyway.
Importantly they raised a lot of money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charity, well done guys, I enjoyed it.
PS If I have got any of the names wrong or you want to see images of the others please let me know.
Well, he has gone and done it. After lots of speculation Paolo Di Canio has resigned from Swindon Town Football Club STFC.
I think it is a shame. I am not a follower of football but I do like Paolo and think he has the right attitude to his players, team, club etc and is sticking to what he thinks is right. I have had the pleasure of photographing him a few times now and he seems to be a nice chap. And whats more he is very passionate about what he does.
Good luck Paolo with what ever you do next, sad to see you go.
Well no photo of Sunday anymore. Why? I have been carrying out quite a bit of research and despite it being only the 4th Sunday of the year I have decided to bin it because it is not providing any benefit to me or anybody else. Stats are showing very few hits on those posts and to be honest I can understand why. There is no theme and is therefore completely random and unless I am on another assignment then I am just taking an image just for the sake of it with very little thought behind it. With very little information around the photo, why it was taken etc then why would anybody actually be interested in reading it.
What I should be doing more of is explaining things and why I do them, how I do them etc.
So as a start, I did a small photo shoot this morning. It was only mug shots for the person to send off as part of his profile as part of a competition. It was carried out in a gym, (in the squash court to be precise) where lighting is just awful. And short of getting the flash and umbrellas out it was a case of the ISO at 3200 and hope for the best. I just did not feel happy with the results which prob will suffice for what it was for but I just did not feel satisfied. Which at the end of the day is what it is all about for me. I have to feel emotionally involved in what I am doing and I didnt. Is that true of all professional photographers? I dont want to just earn money and not feel as though I have not done a good job.
So this blog is going to go back to the Swindon News/Photojournalism and I am not going to try to combine other things with it.
Likewise I am going to re-design my website to provide a better experience, better show case for my better images from both the UK and Spain and try to make it more interesting.
Well in line with latest news about results from Argos, Curry’s/Dixon, Mothercare etc I thought I would take a quick look at what is going on in Swindon.
To me it looks about Neutral. Some places are struggling and closing, others are opening and others are keeping their heads above water. It is too early to say what the effects of the redundancies at Honda and other local companies will be but I can see more closing than opening. Just wandering around Swindon as I do the Town Centre does not seem to be getting the footfall through the day that it used to.
What does it look like to you ???
It has been announced that Swindon Town Football Club is looking for a new owner. Despite being 5th in League 1 and doing really well, the present owner Andrew Black is no longer prepared to bankroll the club any more. It is understood that it is in debt by some £13m.
However the club is confident that a new owner will be found and is confident that they will not be going into administration. Talks are taking place today and over the next few days with prospective owners for the club.